President Maithripala Sirisena instructed relevant heads of institutions to take necessary decisions without any fear to protect and conserve the environment.
The President also emphasized that the Government is always ready to stand on behalf of those officials, who take correct decisions.
He made these remarks participating in the inauguration ceremony of the sixth National Symposium on Air Resource Management in Sri Lanka held at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla, today (May 5).
“We cannot postpone taking decisions to protect our environment”, he added.
The sixth “Air that We Breathe” national symposium on Air Resource Management in Sri Lanka organized by the Air Resource Management Center (AirMAC) of Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment.
The symposium will provide a forum to present and discuss the most recent technological, scientific and policy developments associated with air pollution problems and management of air resources.
The sixth “Air that We Breathe” national symposium on Air Resource Management will be held on 5 th & 6 th May 2016 in Colombo.
The President further said that the slogan ‘Development Without Environmental Destruction’, has become an international slogan for protecting the environment.
The world is facing various harmful effects as a result of the pollution in our environment, the President said. He added that the world leaders are taking action to hold conferences on environment more frequently, as they have understood the importance of the issue, the President further said.
He said as the President, he took the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment, on one side, because of his desire to safeguard the environment and on the other hand due to the need to take decisions without being influenced by anybody.
Launching the Clean Air Action Plan 2020, the first copy of the action plan presented to the President.
Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Mr. Udaya R Seneviratne Secretary for the Mahaweli Development & Environment, Mr. Muhammad Khurshid, Director General of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme and many others participated in the event.